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Job ID: 2022-15746 Type: Full-Time # of Openings: 1 Category: Communications and Public Relations
Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) seeks a Director of Communications.
Reporting to the Associate Dean for Communications and Public Affairs and working closely with the Dean, the Director of Communications at Princeton University’s School of Policy and International Affairs (SPIA) will help to develop and execute internal and external communication strategies for the School. This individual will be a seasoned communications professional with a demonstrated track record of developing effective communications strategies which elevate institutional brand and integrate communication efforts across all levels of an organization. The Director is responsible for the day-to-day planning and execution of the School's communications strategy, and ensuring its integration across all communication channels, as well as serving as the point person for public and media relations.
The Director of Communications will work collaboratively with communications professionals within SPIA and the wider university, across a range of priorities. The individual will be responsible for developing high-level content for internal and external audiences and will actively promote faculty research at the School through research briefs, feature stories, press releases, Q&As, and news tips. The position will serve as the primary point of contact for press seeking to interview SPIA leadership, and faculty experts and will promote the School’s programs, initiatives and priorities. A core responsibility will be elevating the research of expert faculty, and proactively identifying opportunities to promote that research. The Director must be an exceptional communicator - excellent writer, editor and proofreader - and innovative about strengthening communication strategies.
This position will supervise the Communications Manager and Visual Design Specialist.
Communications: Serve as lead writer in the office, working closely with SPIA faculty to promote their research by way of research briefs, news releases, feature stories, Q&As, news tips, and podcasts. Disseminate stories via the School's website, e-newsletters and social media platforms. Pitch research stories - both broadly and through private, personal pitches - to reporters and policymakers. Engage with campus partners, especially colleagues in the university’s central communications office, to ensure the School's story is being told across campus and around the globe via the University's channels.
Dean’s Communication Strategist:
Provide communications support to the Dean by drafting talking points, blogs, speeches, remarks, scripts, and related documents for internal and external audiences that are aligned with the Dean's authentic voice, style, and priorities.
Media Relations: As SPIA's media relations strategist, the Director is responsible for developing and executing the School's strategic communications plan. Develop and maintain working relationships with national reporters, editors and media. Serve as primary point of contact for press seeking to interview SPIA faculty and pitch experts to the media. Proactively position faculty research with top tier media opportunities.
Editorial Management: Serving as the editor who oversees the work of all freelance writers, copyeditors and writing interns. Manage the School's editorial calendar and keep abreast of digital storytelling platforms. Serve as editor for all print and electronic materials produced by SPIA including the School's annual report, newsletters, advertisements, brochures, media advisories, event scripts, e-newsletters and web content. Provides editorial assistance to faculty with development, drafting and editing op-eds.
Project Management: The Director assists with the management of print publications and marketing collateral. This includes overseeing all freelance writers and copyeditors - giving writing assignments, editing drafts, and other related tasks - as well as working with the visual design specialist to ensure graphics are aligned with brand and that production deadlines are adhered to. Manage a story budget, advertising schedule and graphics deadlines for special events and publications.
-Ten or more years experience in public relations, journalism or a relevant field with proven experience in strategic communications or relevant field, ideally in an educational, nonprofit, or government setting.
-Exceptional writer and storyteller .
-Ability to understand complex research subjects and "translate" them for lay audiences
NOTE: For full consideration, a cover letter is required along with your application materials.
We at the School of Public and International Affairs believe that it is vital to cultivate an environment that embraces and promotes diversity, equity and inclusionfactors fundamental to the success of our education and research mission. This commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment and hiring as we actively seek colleagues of exceptional ability who represent a broad range of viewpoints, experiences and value systems, and who share Princeton University's dedication to excellence.
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW
Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation's service and in the service of all nations. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. Princeton is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering.As a world-renowned research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding. At the same time, Princeton is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching.Today, more than 1,100 faculty members instruct approximately 5,200 undergraduate students and 2,600 graduate students. The University's generous financial aid program ensures that talented students from all economic backgrounds can afford a Princeton education.
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